Greetings all, long time watch fanatic, have never owned a Ball. I'm looking for a watch for my father, who turns 70 in May. He's had some old school manual winders previously, but when his last one died about 10 years ago, he bough a Seiko quartz. My dream for a long time was to put another mechanical on his wrist, as he's worked hard his entire life and deserves it (but would never buy it for himself). He's not all the way over the hill yet, but some considerations for buying him a new watch were a simple dial, good legibility, and perhaps nighttime lume (which is what drew me to the Ball line). I was thinking a Fireman initially, until I saw a picture of a silver dial Cleveland Express. Wow. This is perhaps the most beautiful, classic dial I've ever seen.
If you've read this far, please help me with the following quesions:
1. Is the watch too heavy on the stainless steel bracelet? I could get the leather strap version, but he's used to a bracelet, but not one of this caliber.
2. How is the lume at night? Good enough for older eyes?
3. Is the Cleveland the best option, or is there another "classic" Ball that might fit the bill (although I know for certain there are none better looking).
4. Last one.... Is the crown screwed down or not? His last mechanical did not have a screwed crown, and I know winding is made more simple without one. Not a deal breaker, but I'd like to know.
Thanks in advance for input on this one. It's probably the last watch he'll ever own, and it means a lot to me to get the right one.